Although modern supercars have achieved unimaginable levels of power and performance, the best decade for this car class was the ’90s. Those ’90s supercars had an irresistible charm and brute power, earning them a spot in the collective consciousness. And they didn’t even need those contemporary hybrid powertrains, computer-controlled double-clutch transmissions or active aerodynamics, either.
However, not all supercars have gained worldwide popularity and become household names like the McLaren F1, for example. Many of them have remained obscure, failing to attract global attention. So, here is an introduction to the interesting world of those forgotten, yet fast and fantastic supercars of the ’90s.
Venturi GT 400
You are excused if you don’t know about Venturi, a small French car company that was active in the ’90s. Using components from other car companies and producing its own bodies and chassis, Venturi produced several beautiful and fast cars. They raced a lot and left a mark in the history of obscure supercars with the magnificent 400 GT model from the mid-90s.
Visually similar to the Ferrari F40, the Venturi 400 GT also used a twin-turbocharged engine. But in the Venturi GT’s case, it was a 3.0-liter Peugeot V6 that pumped out an unbelievable 400 HP, and that was in street trim. In racing trim, it was capable of over 600 HP. With all that firepower, the 400 GT could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.
In fact, it could go over 180 mph, which was faster than the Porsches and Ferraris of the day. Unfortunately, cruel financial reality caught up with Venturi’s big ambitions, so they closed the company, first in 1997 and then again in 2000. Venturi withdrew from racing before that and managed to produce less than 100 fantastic 400 GTs. But since then, it has been lost in the corridors of time.